The Tories have lost a candidate in downtown Toronto who was running against Liberal incumbent Bob Rae.What?! He didn't like the pension plan? Aside from that, suggesting that he would have lasted four years is somewhat presumptuous... don't you think?
The Conservatives say Toronto Centre Tory candidate Chris Reid resigned this weekend after telling them that he couldn't commit to serving four years in government.
The Liberals, however, are alleging it was controversial comments posted online by Mr. Reid that led to his departure.Sounds to me like a real poor job of vetting. That or they never expected anyone to resurrect his amazing prose from the memory hole. The ideology was apparently fine with them - the fact that he actually wrote it seemed to make them nervous. Give away too much of the game perhaps?
The Tories distanced themselves from Mr. Reid's online writing on Sunday and refused to discuss it.
Mr. Reid, an openly-gay environmental engineer, was also a candidate for Toronto City Council in 2006. A blog written by someone identifying themselves as Mr. Reid has been shut down but copies of its web pages, archived by search engine Google, indicate the writer had strong ideas about how to change Canada. (Emphasis mine)Yes, that writer did.
Recommendations posted on this blog under the title “Political Thoughts by a Gay Conservative” include: closing the CBC; ending Human Rights Commissions and hate speech laws; ending abortion; allowing “qualified and trained” citizens to carry concealed handguns; and ending the Indian Act and the reservation system.Yup. That's what's in Google cache alright.
“These policies just keep Indians and their corrupt leaders dependent on the state and unable to ever have the freedom to succeed,” the blogger wrote under the name Chris Reid.
As for his recommendation that Canadians be allowed to carry concealed handguns, the blogger wrote: “It's the only proven way to reduce violent crime and murder. If women and gays really wanted to stop being victims of hate crimes, they'd be in support of this, but judging from discussions, they'd rather be helpless and rely on government.”
Excuse me. I have to do this. HIGH FIVE buddy!!! You da man!!